"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Does Marriott’s win over champs signal change in Bure?

Looking through the early season Bure League results, just sent to me by Bure fixtures secretary Lianne Mills, makes me wonder if Halvergate’s reign as champions could be under threat this season. Halvergate comfortably retained their title last season but already seem to have struggled to field a team from what I have heard. Thorpe Marriott has started the season in great style defeating Halvergate 8-2 and then winning 6-4 at Kirby Bedon where they normally struggle for a result. Add to that a 6-4 home win against Horsford BC and Thorpe Marriott are the early season pacesetters. Halvergate rarely slip up on their own mats though as Heroes found to their cost when they were beaten there by 8-2. Windows will be pleased to be in an unaccustomed second place due to home wins against both Heroes & Horsford BC and their only defeat was by a narrow 6-4 margin at Heroes. Kirby Bedon, who have finished in third place for the last three years, could struggle to repeat that this season judging by their early results. As well as losing at home to Marriott they also suffered a 6-4 home defeat against Hevingham and Kirby’s eight year long unbeaten home record during their glory years is now a distant memory. Woodbastwick’s only outing so far saw them win 8-2 against Heroes. In recent years East Tuddenham have had to be content with the runners-up spot behind Halvergate but this year should see them mount a serious title challenge. No result cards have arrived from them so far but if their side is strengthened by the addition of either Gary Best or Simon Willies, or both, they will take some stopping.